New Student Orientation

*This information is for new First-Year Student Orientation.  Transfer Student Orientation will take place on Monday, August 28th from 1:00pm – 5:00pm.  Please visit the Transfer Student Orientation link for more information.

Columbia College Fall Orientation 2017

August 25-28

You’re on Your Way!

You will be well on your way with Fall Orientation 2017!

Fall Orientation will help you get acclimated to your new community starting with a warm welcome from our Helping Hands moving crew to the official Welcome Ceremony on Friday. During Orientation you will have the opportunity to attend many sessions on college success to help get you on the right track with your studies and prepare you for new academic responsibilities as well as unique Columbia College sessions to teach you all about the traditions and culture of our campus.

Socially, you will have the chance to get to know other members of the Class of 2021. In your Orientation Group sessions, you will share stories, complete a community service project, and prepare for the exciting LipSync Battle! You will also have the chance to begin developing a significant relationship with your Orientation Leader (OL), an upper-class leader who will be a friend and mentor for you during your first year at Columbia College.

Participating in Orientation is the best way to start your journey at Columbia College!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Student Activities at 803.786.3663.

Fall Orientation Highlights

Students will check in for the fall semester (and get a residence hall key if living on campus) at Edens Library between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21.  Commuter students should check in at 12:00pm.

Friday, August 25

  • Check-in, Registration, & Move-In
  • Commuter Student Reception
  • Orientation Kick-Off
  • Orientation Group Meetings
  • Residence Hall Floor Meetings
  • Social: Residence Hall Floor Social

Saturday, August 26

  • Social: Trip to Riverbanks Zoo
  • Getting Involved in Campus Life Presentation
  • Social: THINKFAST, a Game Show Just for the Class of 2021!

Sunday, August 27

  • Get On Your Way with the Student Success Leaders
  • Sessions on Community, Technology, Student Success, and Safety
  • President Moore’s Hawaiian Luau Dinner
  • Social: Pajama Party

Monday, August 28

  • Columbia College Day of Service
  • Alpha Service
  • Sessions on healthy relationships and classroom success
  • Class of 2021 Seed Planting
  • Lip Sync Battle and Closing Ceremony

Tuesday, August 29

  • Shuttles to Walmart & Target
  • Welcome Back Party hosted by Columbia College

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Hotels and meals

Attire: Attire for the day is casual. You may want to bring a light jacket or sweater for air conditioned buildings.

Hotels: Out of town guests who need hotel accommodations may call the Office of Admissions at 803.786.3871 or 1-800-277-1301 for referrals.